Education Update is a weekly blog post highlighting recent developments in the world of education. The linked articles and summaries are not endorsements, rather frame points of view to begin conversations about the state of education, trends, and how we as designers can play an active role in shaping schools.
Why Realizing The Full Promise Of Education Requires A Fresh Approach
Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways
What Teens Are Learning From Serial and Other Podcasts
The Serial podcast, a spin-off of this american life dedicated to investigating the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school senior Hae Min Lee, has become wildly popular. Its first episode, Alibi is the most downloaded podcast episode in history. Teachers are starting to use radio shows like Serial to help engage students with powerful story telling that also fulfills new common core requirements for listening, reports MindShift. Other popular shows, such as Radiolab and This American Life, are also being used.
Radio shows have the advantage of not over-stimulating students and can be accessed by students reading two or three grade levels below the content. Serial, in particular is engrossing because it focuses on high school in the modern era, making the characters more relatable to most students than Jay Gatsby or Tom Joad . “I had kids cutting other classes so they could come listen to it again,” says Michael Godsey, an English teacher in California.
Podcasts for Thought
Beyond serial, as mentioned above, there are numerous other education podcasts. These three recommendations below are particularly related to education and teaching:
499: Middle School – This American Life shares stories from middle school. Hilarious and heart-breaking, this episode puts the listener back into those years of rapid change.
How to Become Batman – Invisibilia looks at the role expectations play all around us, and shares the story of a blind man who can see.
Ghosts of Football Past – Radiolab looks at the history of football and the Carlisle Indian School’s famous team. It is a story of education, expectation, and cultural struggle.